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All Hands Magazine's full length documentary "Making a Sailor": This video follows four recruits through Boot Camp in the spring of 2018 who were assigned to DIV 229, an integrated division, which had PIR on 05/25/2018. 

Boot Camp: Making a Sailor (Full Length Documentary - 2018)

Boot Camp: Behind the Scenes at RTC

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Did I see that there is somewhere that you can go & watch live feed? Also where do I find info on day to day life at BC? I know I saw it somewhere but now I cannot seem to find it. I love this site but I can't remember where I have read the info. Thanks for anyones help. :)

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click on above link, scroll down and click on "Graduation Stream Live"

Will be back w day stuff.

Week by Week at Boot Camp (hope this is what you are looking for)

Week 1

 Recruits will mail home a letter with their address in the first week of training. Unfortunately, neither RTC nor your local recruiter can give you their address any sooner because of the Privacy Act; only your recruit can give you their address. But once you have it, start sending those letters!
 Once a recruit arrives onboard their ship (barracks),they will begin receiving their mail, usually around week 2-3.Please don‟t be alarmed if your recruitwrites home asking why they haven‟t received any mail when you‟ve been mailing them consistently since you received their address. Because the recruitsmove around in their first couple of weeks at BootCamp, it takes a couple of weeks for the mail to catch up to them. Don‟t be alarmed; they will get their mail!
 While you can write to your recruit every day, they can only write to you a few evenings each week and while they are on “holiday routine,” meaning Sundays and holidays. We know it‟s hard, but please don‟t sit near your mailbox waiting for the mail each day. Just keep writing to your recruit, and they will write back when they are able.
 And now that you have that address, why not include family photos; a funny snapshot of their pet; or newspaper clippings of their favorite sports team or comics? Recruits can receive anything that can fit into a standard-sized envelope, and pictures and news from home might help ease some of their homesickness as well.
 Resist the urge to send a care package or write on the outside of the envelope. We know you want to send your recruit their favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies, but recruits cannot receive these (they‟ll be thrown away). Also,remember that the envelope will be seen by their RDC, so putting stickers or writing all
over their envelopes might make them uncomfortable.

Phone calls:
 The most important piece of advice here is tomake sure that your recruit has a phone card! Many cell phone companies no longer allow collect calls, so if you want to hear from your recruit, make sure they have one with sufficient credit.
 Recruits are given a very short phone call (approximately 15-30 seconds) when they arrive to let you know they‟re safe. This will help alleviate some of the anxiety as you‟ll hear from them immediately and know they are safe and sound.
 Recruits are given phone calls from time to time throughout training as a reward for outstanding performance. There is no set schedule and no way to know when or if these calls will come. The best thing to do is go about your normal daily routine and keep writing to your recruit.
 Recruits are also given a phone call when they fail a training requirement, or become injured or ill, which could delay their graduation. Unless you receive this phone call (not in a letter, but in a phone call), you can assume that everything is fine and going as planned.
 The final call you‟ll receive from your recruit is the call letting you know they are no longer a recruit, but a Sailor in the World‟s Finest Navy! This call comes their final week of training the morning after they pass Battle Stations-21. This is an emotional call for the Sailors and their families. If you‟d like a heads-up on when the call may come (so you can make sure not to miss the moment), please ask your recruit when they will run Battle Stations-21. Unfortunately, again,
neither RTC nor your local recruiter will be able to give you this information, only your recruit.

For the most up to date guide, please use the one on our site.

:Processing Week. Once you arrive you’ll be given Navy-issued clothing, be taught the right way to fold and store your new belongings, and make your bunk (bed). You’ll receive complete dental and medical exams, if you need a haircut, that’ll happen too.

As the week progresses, you’ll knock the days down conditioning, swimming, marching, drilling, and most importantly attending Navy classes. Everything you do from week to week is designed to prep you for what lies ahead. You will push your physical limits and achieve higher performance levels than you ever thought possible. In the Navy, you’ll be judged for who you are and how you prove it.

Honor. Courage. Commitment. Three words that before Boot Camp probably held little meaning. Here, they’ll become words you’ll live by. These Navy Core Values will become the ideals you and your fellow shipmates live by. What you make of this experience makes you.

Week 2.This is a confidence-building week. As such, you’ll be going through the confidence course — a course designed to simulate shipboard situations that you could encounter in an emergency. Be sharp because your life and the lives of your fellow shipmates depend on it. If you haven’t already caught on, teamwork in the Navy and especially in Boot Camp is a driving force.

Week 3.Reality check: This week, you’ll board a land-bound training ship. Everything will be hands-on — something your Recruiter told you the Navy is big on. Here’s the proof. You’ll learn everything from ship nomenclature to first aid techniques to semaphore (signaling with flags). All the real-world lessons you’ll need to survive in the Navy world. Classroom studies will focus on Customs and Courtesies, laws of armed conflict, money management, shipboard communication, Navy ship and aircraft identification, and basic seamanship.

Step up for the first of two physical training tests — curl ups, sit-reaches, push-ups and a 1.5-mile run. Good luck — but if you don’t pass the first time, your Recruit Division Commander will work with you to ensure you do next time. That’s because success is everybody’s goal in the Navy — not just yours.

Week 4.Weapons fire: heads up! If you’ve never fired a weapon before — this week you’ll get your hands on a M-16 and a 12-gauge shotgun. When you’ve proven you know how to properly use both, you’ll graduate to the live-fire range. This is where it gets really interesting.

Keeping the end in mind, graduation pictures are this week as well as your second academic test on everything you’ve learned to date. This is about the time you’ll feel as though you’re flying through Boot Camp. It’s all good — because there’s so much more adventure awaiting you after Boot Camp.

Week 5.This week is all about you. Where you want to go, what you want to do, and how fast you intend to get there. So you find the shortest distance between where you are and where you want to be. If you’re feeling a sense of accomplishment for making it this far — good for you. That means that 180-degree-life-change your Recruiter told you would come — has come.

Week 6.Shipboard damage control and firefighting. Two of the most vital skills you’ll need on board. You’ll learn to extinguish fires. Escape smoke-filled compartments. Open and close watertight doors. Operate Oxygen Breathing Apparatus and carry fire hoses. No pressure: but your life and the lives of other shipmates depend on you mastering these skills. One more test, and perhaps, the most challenging of all: the Confidence Chamber. Inside the Chamber, you and about 100 other recruits will line up, put on a gas mask while a tear gas tablet is lit. You’ll be ordered to remove your mask and throw it in a trash can while reciting your full name and social security number. Relax. Every Sailor before you has mastered it — and so will you. Because if you didn’t know it before, you know it now: You have what it takes. You are Navy material.

This week you’ll also have to finish the confidence course — as a team. This is when and where your newly developed self-confidence and self-assurance shines. “If they could only see me now.” You suddenly find yourself thinking that a lot.

Week 7.Battle Stations. Boot Camp’s ultimate test. Here’s an exercise of 12 different scenarios incorporating what you have learned during the previous weeks. You and your team will be graded on your ability to execute the required tasks.

Successful completion nets you the ultimate reward — a U.S. Navy ball cap. The cap that tells the world you’re no longer a Recruit, but a full-fledged Navy Sailor.
This is pivotal. This is where you and your Commanding Officer recognize what you’ve always known: You were destined to do something extraordinary. For you. For your family. For your country.

You’ve done it. You’ve proven to yourself and to the world you’ve got what it takes. Your future is now in full motion.

Week 8.Graduation in your dress uniform. Pass the mirror. Stop and stare. Recognize that person? You should. Stand tall. Walk proud. You are a Sailor in the U.S. Navy. After today, your family and friends will envy you. Strangers on the street will thank you. Your Navy family will always have your back. Savor this moment. Not everybody makes it; not everybody should.

Navy Swim QualificationsEnter the water feet first from a minimum height of five feet.
Remain afloat for five minutes.
Swim 50 yards using any stroke or a combination of strokes

Thank you

See Arrival and What Happens at the RTC. You will find the link to the day by day,, and much more.


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